If a sofa upholstered care is easier, or at least spare you the cleaning with optional covers, leather sofa seems more difficult to maintain. For a better maintenance and long-lasting leather couch the location must be away from heat sources such as stoves, heaters or radiators. Avoid placing them glued to the wall. Also, it is not indicated a location of leather couches in direct sunlight, as it leads to skin discoloration.
Beautiful, elegant and comfortable leather couches attract dust and dirt, so it has to be cleaned frequently, without letting the dust to settle. The settled dust is one of the great enemies of leather couches.
Here’s how to clean leather couches
Leather sofa can be wiped with a soft cloth moistened in cold water. You remove the traces of dust and sweat stains. It can be done once a week.
Use products specifically created to care for leather upholstery. They remove dirt in depth and leave the sofa perfectly clean. These products can be found in the form of spray or liquid concentrate which is used in mixture with water.
Do not use any product for cleaning leather sofa, some may contain agents that harm the material, making it rough and causing the appearance of cracks.
How to remove stains on leather couch
Stains should be wiped as soon as they appear. This is the first secret. Start by cleaning with a cloth soaked in cold water and then apply directly on the stain, a little baking soda. Food stains can be removed with a solution consisting of one part white vinegar and one part linseed oil. Thoroughly mix the ingredients, apply them on a cotton cloth and wipe in a circular motion, the stained area.
Dark stains, can be wiped if they are removed with lemon juice mixed with baking soda. Apply the paste made directly to the stained area, wait for 10 minutes, then remove with a damp cloth.
Ink stains can also be removed from the leather couch, immediately wiping the area with a floppy cotton soaked in alcohol. Immediately after this process, pat dry with a soft cloth and dab the grease with a face cream.
Glued to the couch substances such as chewing gum can get cleaned by scraping with some ice cubes wrapped in a piece of cheesecloth.
Pen marks are removed with alcohol or cosmetic cleanser.
Importantly periodically leather sofa should be hydrated with solutions recommended by the manufacturer, depending on the type of leather used, the color, the type of paint used. Another solution is to use moisturizing lotion or baby oil. Whatever you use, however, it is recommended to try the product on a small area, less exposed vision, to test the leather resistance.
Do not use alkaline products for cleaning the leather. This category includes wet wipes for babies, which many tend to use. If you do, however, use a soft cloth and dry immediately.
Sweat stains should be wiped thoroughly with distilled water. However it is recommended that you use distilled water to prevent the stains left by the minerals in the water.
A good solution for emergency situations is liquid soap mixed with distilled water. Wipe well the leather couch and then use a soft dry cloth.